Johnson wants to pack a punch in 2013

Photo Neil Cross'Boxer Chris Johnson who is preparing for a fight at Blackpool later this month being trained by Karl Ince,
Photo Neil Cross'Boxer Chris Johnson who is preparing for a fight at Blackpool later this month being trained by Karl Ince,
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A LEYLAND boxing ace is hoping 2013 is the year that he can make an impact in the ring again.

Chris Johnson, 31, had a frustrating end to 2012 as he was taking on Lee Purdy for the British welterweight title.

However, it was end in agony for the Buckshaw Village-based boxer.

He said: “I was training for the fight in Yorkshire at the former gym of Naseem Hamed the week before my fight.

“I was sparring then I cracked my ribs and I thought whether I could actually compete.

“It was a nightmare for me because I knew there were a lot of people supporting me and then I had to pay the mortgage so I tried to fight on.

“But I was struggling to breath which is what happens when you get damaged ribs.

“In the first few rounds, I did not do what I was capable of.

“Once I got hit on the ribs, it affected me and I could not go on.

“I got really down about it all and became a bit disilllusioned with the sport.

“When you crask your ribs they often say that you should be out for a few months. I was offered the chance to go on the Prizefighter series this weekend, but I did not feel ready for it.

“One of my mates eventually did it, but when you think you could get £32,000 if you win, then it means a lot to you.”

Johnson is looking ahead to getting back to action soon.

He said: “I have decided that perhaps welterweight is not the right division for me.

“I want to do the light middleweight category because I know how hard I had to work to get down to welterweight weights.

“In that division I think that I did really well to get into the top 10 in Great Britain.

“Now, I just cannot wait to get back involved again.

“I am working with my trainer Karl Ince to get back, and there is one big fight in February with a few local boxers on it but it is a bit soon for me.

“But Reece Fowler, from Leyland, will be having his first professional fight, while Jack Catterall from Chorley is also in action.”